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U.S. commission hears experts on 'stand your ground'


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – “Stand your ground” statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws.

But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle in the way of arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases.

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Violent crimes up in Memphis area this year

(AP) — The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission says major violent crimes have increased through the first nine months of the year compared with the same time period in 2013.

The commission says the year-to-date violent crime numbers are still 6.6 percent higher in Shelby County and 6 percent higher in Memphis than last year at this time. Major violent crimes include murder, forcible rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies.

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Friday’s Tennessee Prep Scores

Prep Scores

Adamsville 42, Scotts Hill 14
Alcoa 38, CAK 7
Bartlett 44, Bolton 20
BGA 41, Zion Christian Academy 7
Blackman 42, Smyrna 10
Bolivar Central 53, Fayette Ware 35
Booker T. Washington 8, Oakhaven 0

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.


Draw The Line 4Peace Vigil
9pm | Peabody at Bellevue

* Narnia
7:30pm | Hattiloo Theatre

* Zoo Boo
5:30pm-9:30pm | Memphis Zoo

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Poverty rate declines, number of poor unchanged


WASHINGTON – (PRNews) – The nation's poverty rate was 15.5 percent in 2013, down from 16.0 percent in 2012, according to the supplemental poverty measure released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2013 rate was higher than the official measure of 14.5 percent, but similarly declined from the corresponding rate in 2012.

Meanwhile, 48.7 million were below the poverty line in 2013 according to the supplemental poverty measure, not statistically different from the number in 2012. In 2013, 45.3 million were poor using the official definition released last month in Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013.

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